Five Affirmations for When You're Struggling

Is the time leading up to finals really crappy for anyone else? All I seem to do is study, stress, and barely get enough sleep to get up and do it all over again. I definitely don't take any time to give myself the positive feedback or validation that I should for all the hard work I'm doing! I love coming up with affirmations that I can say to myself, whether out loud, in my head, or even while looking in the mirror. So, if you're just like me, keep reading for five positive phrases you can say to yourself. 


1. For when you’re feeling overwhelmed, tell yourself: “I am focused, I am a hard worker, I will get this done.”

This is just a reminder that you can get the work done, piece by piece. Nothing is too hard for you!


2. If you’re anxious: “I will make it through this. What happens will happen, there’s nothing to be afraid of.”

Just remember that when you’re feeling super anxious, the situation is 90% fear. Once you overcome that apprehension, you can do anything!


3. For when you’re feeling like you’re not enough: “I am amazing, I am powerful, and I am exactly what I need to be.”

I truly know everyone on this Earth is someone valuable, and I want you to be able to feel that love from yourself. 


4. If you’re being super self-critical: “I’m doing the best I can and that is just enough.”

I often fall into the trap of thinking that what I’m doing isn’t good enough or worthy of praise. As hard as it may be to believe, that’s just not true! You’re doing what you’re able to and that’s a great accomplishment!


5. When you finally get through that paper/exam/struggle: “I made it, and I did amazing. I’m proud of myself and what I’ve accomplished.”

Affirmations aren’t just for when you’re struggling. Self-care is also rewarding yourself after you’ve done something positive. Make sure you’re always kind to yourself.



Just remember that these states are temporary and that you will absolutely get through these struggles. I know the end of the semester is a hard time for everybody, but I believe in you! If you’re really struggling with mental health, please seek professional help. As much as positive self-talk can help, therapy is the best way to deal with intense, debilitating, or long-lasting mental health issues. Take care of yourself!


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